What Do Christadelphians Believe & Teach?
We believe that the Bible is God’s only revealed message to mankind, given to bring responsive individuals to a loving obedience to God and His ways, and to give man hope through the precious promises God has made.
The Bible is our only authority and we believe it should be read prayerfully and with reverence on a regular basis. (2 Timothy 3:16-17; Romans 16:25-26; John 17:17)
Certain key teachings stand out. We invite you to thoughtfully consider these teachings with your Bible in hand.
God: There is only one eternal, immortal God. Jesus Christ is His only begotten Son, and the Holy Spirit is His Power. (Isa 45:5; Lk 24:49; Eph 4:6; 1Tim 1:17)
Man: Man is mortal and a sinner before God. His whole being is prone to sin, and the punishment for sin is death- real death, the end of all life. (Job 4:17; Psa 146:4; Ecc 9:1-6; Jer 17:9; Mk 7:21-23; Rom 3:23, 6:23)
Jesus: In His love, God sent the man Jesus into the world to save men from their sins. He had no existence before his birth, but he was in the plan of the Father from the very beginning of creation. For his mission it was necessary for him to have the same nature, feelings, and temptations as we do, and yet to overcome, and not sin. He accomplished this mission. “Through his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many.” Isaiah 53. , Isaiah 11: 1-3. He loved and obeyed his heavenly Father in all things. He was raised from the dead, exalted to the right hand of his heavenly Father, and will come again to set up God’s everlasting kingdom on the earth. Those who believe in him, are baptized into him and remain faithful will not perish, but have eternal life. (Mt 1:21; Jn 3:16)
Hope: The only hope of life after death is the resurrection of the body and everlasting life in God’s Kingdom on Earth. (Eph 1:18, 4:4-6; Jer 29:11-14; Rom 8:23-39
Sacrifice of Christ: Though he committed no sin, it was necessary for Jesus to die to show the righteousness of God and to redeem those who receive this sacrifice by faith. God raised him from the dead, gave him immortality, granted him all authority on earth and in heaven, and set him as mediator in heaven between God and man. (Acts 2:23-36; Rom 3:21-26; Eph 1:19-23; 1Tim 2:5; Heb 4:14-16)
Return of Christ: Jesus will return to the earth soon. He will then raise many of the dead, judge them with the living, and give his faithful followers everlasting life in God’s Kingdom. (Dan 12:1-2; Mt 25:31-34; Lk 21:20-31: Jn 5:28-29: 2 Tim 4:1; Rev 22:12)
Kingdom of God: The Kingdom of God will be established on earth with Jesus as King. His capital will be Jerusalem, his dominion will be worldwide, and his government will bring righteousness and peace without end. (Lk 4:43; Mt 4:23, 6:9-10; Jer 3:17)
The Promises: The Gospel is inseparable from the promises which God made to Abraham and David in the Old Testament times. These promises find their fulfillment in Jesus Christ. (Gen 13:14-17, 22:15-18; Gal 3:6-9, 26-29)
The Way of Salvation: The way to enter the Kingdom of God is by faith. This involves belief in His Word, the Bible, and obedience to its requirements that men and women confess their sins, repent, be baptized and follow Jesus faithfully. Ultimately, it is only by God’s grace through Jesus that we are saved, not by anything we do. (Mt 16:24-27; Mk 16:16; Jn 3:3-5; Acts 2:37; Eph 2:4-5; 1 Thes 2:13; 2 Tim 3:14-17; Heb 11:6)
Love: God’s love for us is at the root of his whole plan. Love should also be a major part of our reaction to His message. (Mt 22:34-40; Jn 3:16, 13:34; 1 Cor 13:4-13: 1 Jn 4:7-21)